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Illuminating Cinema


When the credits end that’s when the conversation begins!

Illuminating Cinema connects you with film fans of all ages for fun, refreshments and engaging conversation. Each presentation begins in our beautiful Garden Suite with a pre-show introduction from a guest speaker who offers insight and observation to help sharpen your focus on the respective film. After the lights go up in the historic 1903 auditorium, we’ll gather in the Garden Suite for a convivial post-film conversation with the speaker and each other.

In addition to admission to the film screening and the pre- and post-film discussions, your Illuminating Cinema ticket includes a free small popcorn, a free small soda, a complimentary theatre cup and $5 beer or wine.

A limited number of tickets are available for each Illuminating Cinema presentation so we encourage advance purchases. Discounts are available when you purchase tickets for all current Illuminating Cinema selections during the same transaction.

Focus your appreciation for film with Illuminating Cinema!

Illuminating Cinema: The Great Dictator

Wed., September 5, 2018

Directed by Charlie Chaplin. US. 1940. NR. 2 hours 5 minutes. Janus Films. Digital.

Charlie Chaplin wrote, directed, produced, scored and starred in this revolutionary comedy/drama that follows the parallel stories of an amnesiac WWI hero/barber (Chaplin) and a rising fascist dictator Adenoid Hynkel (also Chaplin). After joining the rebellion, the barber who bears a remarkable resemblance to the dictator soon finds himself in a position that could change the current state of affairs.

This screening is part of our Illuminating Cinema . . .

Illuminating Cinema: 2001: A Space Odyssey

Sun., October 7, 2018

Directed by Stanley Kubrick. US. 1968. G. 2 hours 29 minutes. Warner Bros. Digital Restoration.

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, filmmaker Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk, Memento) and a team of technical specialists have restored Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece to its groundbreaking glory! After a mysterious monolith is discovered on the moon, the crew of the spaceship Discovery aided by the super-intelligent computer HAL 9000 embarks on a mission to Jupiter in hopes of unlocking the secrets of the object’s origin.

This screening is part . . .

Illuminating Cinema: Taxi Driver

Fri., November 2, 2018

Directed by Martin Scorsese. US. 1976. R. 1 hour 54 minutes. Sony. 35mm.

In an effort to combat his growing insomnia, traumatized Vietnam War vet Travis Bickle (Robert DeNiro) takes a cab driver job. As he prowls the mean streets of NYC, Travis’ diminishing mental state mixes with his desire to be the crime-riddled city’s savior inciting him to serve a deadly justice to those he finds guilty. Although an amazing supporting cast led by Jodie Foster, Harvey Keitel, Peter Boyle . . .

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